Preparing for travel Post-Brexit

Posted in General on 9 January 2020

Preparing for travel Post-Brexit

With the fourth and possibly the final Brexit date fast approaching, InsuraTrip Travel Insurance looks at what we know so far on travel post Brexit and things travellers need to be aware of moving forwards.

It is unlikely the travel industry will change overnight with planes expected to fly, trains to keep travelling and ferries continuing to sail. However, the transition period is yet to be confirmed but is currently expected to be on 31s December 2020.

Remember your Travel Insurance

(1) Travel Insurance

Any travel insurance policy already purchased for travel post Brexit will still be valid according to the terms and conditions of the policy. Any Single-Trip or Annual Multi-Trip travel insurance policies will remain in place and cover will continue as per the contract at the time of sale, which is good news for holiday makers that are beating the January blues by booking a trip!

If you currently use an EHIC card, while that will is expected to offer some protection during the transition period enabling users access to state provided healthcare, once the transition period ends, EHIC cards issued by the UK will no longer be valid.

Remember, the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance and does not cover any private medical costs, nor will it not cover repatriation of your baggage and is not valid on cruises. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, ensure the travel insurance policy you purchase can offer protection against this as the EHIC scheme covers pre-existing medical conditions, while many travel insurance policies do not without declaring them.
Always read the policy wording to learn what is and is not included.

Free Travel Movement

(2) Free Travel Movement

After the UK leaves the EU, there is still expected to be a transition period where Brits and European citizens can move freely through both countries for leisure and business purposes. Once this period comes to an end, there may be limits introduced on how long UK citizens can spend in the EU, even just for leisure purposes.

At the time of writing, the current likely suggestion is the 90-day rule in which you can only spend 90 days out of every 180 within the EU without having to obtain a long stay visa. This current rule already applies to a number of other non-EU citizens.

Cat and Dog

(3) Travel for Pets

After Brexit, you will not be able to use the existing ‘Pet Passport’ scheme. Depending on the Brexit negotiations, the process of travelling with pets following the new scheme could take up to 4 months to apply and complete. So, ensure you are prepared within plenty of time before your trip to allow time to complete the necessary documents and fulfil any requirements.

Driving in the EU

(4) Driving in the EU

With the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, there may be some changes in documentation required when driving abroad and you may need one or more International Driving Permits (IDPs) depending on which country(s) you are driving to or through.

You will also need to place GB stickers on the rear of your vehicle, even if your number plate has a GB Identifier and ensure you have your green card (international driving certificate) in hand for driving within the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein. These are usually obtained upon request from your motor insurance provider.

Beach sun loungers

(5) Post -Brexit holiday bookings

While there has been some speculation on the financial security of pre-booked holidays in terms of hotel and flight cancellations, travel delays and the state of the currency exchange rate, there may not be a reason to worry if reasonable steps are taken to ‘Brexit-proof’ you and your holiday.

• Book through a travel agent registered with either Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) or the Association of Independent Tour Operators. This will offer the most comprehensive consumer protection available.

• Consider booking an all-inclusive package – if you’re concerned about the Euro falling against the Great British Pound, an all-inclusive holiday will lock in the cost of your whole holiday before you travel.

• Purchase your Travel Insurance – this should be a high priority on your holiday booking checklist to help offer further protection for your travel plans.

Get Covered with InsuraTrip Travel Insurance

If you are travelling within the EU or further afield this year, it’s important not to forget to buy your travel insurance. Our InsuraTrip Travel Insurance policies include cover for cancellation, missed departure, lost or damaged baggage, emergency medical expenses and more. However, remember to be cautious and keep an eye on your drinking limit. If you injure yourself whilst intoxicated, your emergency medical expenses are unlikely to be covered!

Get your InsuraTrip Travel Insurance quote today here.

This article is for information and entertainment purposes only. It does not constitute advice in any way. The information provided here is correct at the time of writing however please check the latest policy wording for the latest terms, conditions and exclusions.

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